I meet Jingle Ringford standing outside the closed gates and next to an empty table with a large bubble floating over his head that says “Click the elf to talk!”. On clicking, he speaks:
Welcome to the North Pole, KringleCon, and the 2021 SANS Holiday Hack Challenge! I’m Jingle Ringford, one of Santa’s elves.
Santa asked me to come here and give you a short orientation to this festive event.
Before you move forward through the gate, I’ll ask you to accomplish a few simple tasks.
First things first, here’s your badge! It’s that wrapped present in the middle of your avatar.
Great - now you’re official!
Click on the badge on your avatar 🎁. That’s where you will see your Objectives, Hints, and gathered Items for the Holiday Hack Challenge.
We’ve also got handy links to the KringleCon talks and more there for you!
Clicking on the badge opens it up. It contains the various things Jingle mentioned, including some tasks I’ve already completed:
Next, click on that USB wifi adapter - just in case you need it later.
The adapter appears on the ground:
On clicking it, it disappears, and is now available in my badge under Items:
Jingle has more:
OK, one last thing. Click on the Cranberry Pi Terminal and follow the on-screen instructions.
A familiar (for those of us who have attended previous KringleCons) Cranberry Pi Terminal appears on the table next to Jingle:
Clicking on it open the first terminal challenge:
On typing “answer” into the top terminal, it closes, the the gates open, and orientation is complete.
Great! Your orientation is now complete! You can enter through the gate now. Have FUN!!!